Member of the Carroll Family

  • Unidentified, Member of the Carroll Family, ca. 1825, watercolor, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund, 1944.1.1

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The cream- and rose-colored hues in the background of this miniature complement the sitter’s dreamy expression. The unknown artist chose to emphasize the gentleman’s high forehead, a physical characteristic that, in the nineteenth century, was thought to reveal a poetic intelligence. On the miniature’s reverse, the artist painted a full portrait of a young woman bordered by trees and sky. The natural setting and the woman’s long flowing gown create a sentimental portrait of the gentleman’s lover.

Title
Member of the Carroll Family
Artists
Date
ca. 1825
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
2 3/8 x 2 in. (6.0 x 5.1 cm) oval
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait male – Carroll – bust
Object Number
1944.1.1
Palette
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